So, I was finally given my TENS unit today (after some confusion with the insurance company). After my instructions and also reading up a great deal on their use, there seem to be a number of ways to place the electrodes. What I would like to get is an opinion on optimal use of the unit with my condition.
I have lower back pain in the area of my L5-S1. Had a previous discectomy there and I have narrowing in both lateral foramina and some edema in the area as well. The majority of the pain is centered very slightly to the right side of my spine, right at that joint.
I read about the "surround the area" method by placing the electrodes around the center of the pain. I've tried this so far, and though I know results can take a while, I didn't seem to notice much from it. I also read about placing the electrodes directly on top of the pain site or slightly above (between the source of the pain and your brain).
Does anyone have recommendations as far as what might be the best placement for my type of back pain, or things best avoided? I would like to get off on the right foot as much as possible...